On the Spice Trail

Julie Smalley

North West
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Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £70 + travel
13th March 2019
Adventure Travel | Plants

Many old towns still possess a Pepper Street. But why? The story behind this is full of Eastern promise. Dealers in scents and spices once traded there. Locating sources of those ingredients was crucial, and from the 15th century that quest became urgent. Competition to find routes and bring back exotic, fragrant luxuries meant sea travel opened up the world. Arguably the search for spices kick-started today’s globalism. With lots of unusual insights this Talk links towns, meals, plants and discoveries almost literally, in a nutshell.

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About Julie Smalley

History, travel and language combined are fascinating and fun. Join me for some exploring! Over several stimulating years I’m lucky to have excavated and interpreted a Roman-era dig, led guided walks, performed poetry in a Normandy village, and guested on regional radio. With an MA in Landscape, Heritage & Society (Liverpool) followed by an Advanced Diploma in Local History (Oxford) I have published over seventy articles, local to international. I set up ‘VITAL MINDS Lifelong Learning’ - a scheme to present social history in engaging ways especially for retirement villages. In addition I‘ve taught English as a Foreign Language courses in colleges, universities, companies, museums and youth hostels, and hosted homestay learners from Spain to Siberia. Cheshire-born, I grew up in Australia, worked in Sydney and London, and currently live near the scenic waterways of mid-Cheshire. I enjoy speaking to varied audiences which include family history & heritage societies, women’s clubs, WI, community groups, PROBUS, U3A, and cultural tours. My light-hearted, interactive talks always include a colourful display - and often come with added Antipodean perspectives. A history, travel and language sandwich!

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